Joe Biden plans to tackle a slew of human rights issues during his term.

Biden, who officially swore in as president on Jan. 20, already signed over a dozen executive orders on his first day in office. Some of the executive actions reversed decisions that his predecessor, Trump, made.

One of the issues Biden has said he will address is racial inequity.

“Delivering on racial justice will require that the administration takes a comprehensive approach to embed equity in every aspect of our policymaking and decision-making,” Biden’s Domestic Policy Chief, Susan Rice, said Tuesday.

On his first day as president, Biden rescinded the 1776 Commission, which was a committee started by Trump to incorporate patriotism and the principles of the Founding Fathers into the education system’s curriculum. 

During his term, Trump claimed the education system was incorrectly teaching students that the U.S. was a nation founded upon racism, therefore he felt the need to enact the 1776 Commission. 

Biden has also stated his intention to reform the criminal justice system, which has been criticized for disproportionately affecting “black and brown” people.

“Today, too many people are incarcerated in the United States – and too many of them are black and brown,” said Biden’s website.

“Our criminal justice system cannot be just unless we root out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities in the system. Black mothers and fathers should feel confident that their children are safe walking the streets of America.”

The desire to reform the criminal justice system is something Biden has in common with Trump.

“Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption,” said Trump regarding the landmark First Step Act, which was enacted and signed into law by Trump.

The First Step Act, which sought to make the justice system fairer and help “inmates successfully transition back into society” marked “the first major reforms to the criminal justice system in over a decade,” according to the White House website

It’s unclear whether Biden will roll back the First Step Act program at this time. 

Biden has also signed to include non-citizens in the U.S. census. Under the Trump Administration, non-citizens were excluded from the census.

Biden intends to strengthen workplace protections by preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Trump Administration had also challenged the “Dreamers” program, which was a program that barred the deportation of considerable amounts of undocumented children who were born and raised in the U.S.

Though the Supreme Court upheld the “Dreamers” program and Trump was unsuccessful in rescinding the program, Biden has said he intends to defend the program.

Biden also stated his intent to repeal Trump’s “Muslim ban”, which was a travel restriction placed on several Muslim majority countries in 2017.

“[I] am calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the U.S. until our country’s representatives can figure out what… is going on. We have no choice… there is a great hatred toward Americans by large segments of the Muslim population,” Trump said.

“Most recently, a poll from Center for Security Policy released data showing 25 percent of those polled agreed that violence against Americans here in the U.S. is justified as part of the global Jihad and 51 percent of those polled agreed that Muslims in America should have the choice of being governed according to Sharia [law]… Sharia [law] authorizes such atrocities as murder against non-believers who won’t convert, beheadings and more unthinkable acts that pose great harm to Americans, especially women… Without looking at the various polling data, it’s obvious to anybody [that] the hatred [towards Americans] is beyond comprehension,” said Trump.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem, and the dangers that it imposes, our country cannot be the victim of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad…and have no sense of reason or respect for human life.”

Trump also told CNN “I think Islam hates us.”

Regarding the reversal of Trump’s travel restriction, the White House released a statement: “[Biden’s order] repeals Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which restrict entry into the United States from primarily Muslim and African countries, and instructs the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries and to swiftly develop a proposal to restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans, especially for individuals stuck in the waiver process and those who had immigrant visas denied.”

Additionally, Biden made note of his intention to revise the ICE protocol to limit ICE arrests. The Biden Administration did not specify exactly what they were going to do with regards to ICE arrests and deportations.

“This revocation will allow the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to set civil immigration enforcement policies that best protect the American people and are in line with our values and priorities,” the White House said.

Written ByLinn Win

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